Thursday, October 19, 2017

Alexander the Great (and Wild)

Alexander is our wild one, and keeps us all laughing even when we shouldn't encourage him.

Enablers R' Us.  

Every day after school, we have the following conversation:

Me: How was your day?
Xander: Well, I didn't get spoken to!  Can I have a treat?

Declan was wearing a 24 hour heart monitor, and every time the clipped part fell off his pants, Xander would yell "He needs help with his phone!"

When we go to a party, I tell the kids they have to make a healthy plate of food to eat and then they can go back and get two small treats.  Xander always begs for more.  Nope, "Two and you're through!" I tell them.  Xander told me that his teacher from last year used to say "One and done".  I told him I should use that one instead.  He said "Nah, yours is way better!  Or we can say 8 is great! or 9 is fine!"

Since my parents moved in downstairs this summer, Xander's favorite past time is to go "visit Gammy & Grandpa".  He is quite the talker and shares with them what he is learning at school.  My parents think he's practically a genius (what grandparent doesn't?) and always have a funny story to share from his little visits...

Grandpa was wiping up water that had leaked out of a potted plant he had overfilled, and then was squeezing it back into the pot.  Xander said "Why are you putting the water back in when it's gonna leak out again?"

He told them a joke too...
Where do sick boats go? 
To the dock.

He is sooooo dramatic.  If I ask him to do something, he complains "Why do I always have to do everything?"  If I'm distracted when he's talking to me, he sighs "Nobody ever listens to me around here."  If I'm making a dinner he doesn't like, he mumbles "You literally know I don't like that." 

There's literally onions in the soup.

And now for the teeth saga:

Xander had a couple of cavities in his baby teeth that the dentist was watching, mostly because we didn't want to have to get fillings on baby teeth and hoped they would just fall out before they needed any work.  Unfortunately, one of the cavities got much larger by the last visit, and had spread into his roots and caused an infection.  Monday night we had to go in to the dentist to get the tooth pulled.  In the car the following conversations took place:

Me: Xander, we need to make sure you really brush your teeth, especially after a sweet dessert.
Xander: I know.  The dentist asked me if I drank soda or juice or ate candy and I told her "No!  I wish!  My mom gives us water and vegetables at every dinner!"
Me: Yes, because that's healthy.
Xander: Maybe I should just eat more protein.  But some protein has sugar in it.
Me: Well, some foods have protein and sugar in them, like yogurt.  But some foods are just protein, like eggs, chicken, and beef.
Xander: Well yeah, obviously. those proteins don't have sugar because they would taste gross with sugar on them.

While we were eating, Xander read a book about Toothy the toothbrush.  In the middle of it, he gasped loudly.  "What's wrong?" I asked, startled.  "This book says you are supposed to brush your tongue!!"  I nodded, "You should brush your tongue.  It helps with bad breath."  He loudly declared "But it's called a TOOTHbrush not a TONGUEbrush!"

Xander: Can I get a treat if I do good at the dentist?
Me: You need to be good at the dentist no matter what, and I'm not getting you a sugary treat when eating too many sugary snacks and not brushing well is what got us into this mess. 
Xander: Well I didn't say it literally had to be a sugary treat.   It could be french fries, or a hamburger, or a happy meal, or ice cream.

Xander was a great patient, and kept everyone in stitches during his visit because he is quite the little performer if he has an audience (and he always has an audience).  He asked for gloves so he could be a dentist for Halloween, and they gave him a mask too. 

When he got home, he showed his siblings his missing tooth and temporarily paralyzed cheek and then I said to get ready for bed, and he said "Can I just go show them my smile again because it makes them laugh?  They like it when I try to say F words, like Fat, because my mouth doesn't work right."

He had to go show Gammy and Grandpa too, and he told them that he "might never be able to smile again."

Oh the drama.

He put his extracted tooth under his pillow and said "Yes!  I get to go to the vending machine tomorrow at school and buy cookies!"  I told him he should save his money for something other than cookies, and he said "They have other snacks besides cookies in the vending machine!"

Reading back on all of this, I can see how much he loves sweets and why he has teeth problems.  That kid!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Seven Quick Takes on Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!  Linking up with Kelly and you should too :)


Happy 100th Anniversary to Our Lady of Fatima!  

I feel like Mary's all "Just pray the Rosary already!!!  How many times do I have to tell you?"  :)  
Our beloved pastor who left us this summer has a great recitation of the rosary here.  I got it for free on Amazon Music so I can listen on my phone, it's a quick recitation with no music...perfect for our busy lives!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If Only

If I'd only known then what I know now...

I would have rejoiced with every pregnancy test.  First reaction - gratitude and love.  I always wanted a big family, but somewhere along the way I got scared of my plans coming to fruition.  The added worry, the added expense, the added chaos of having a new baby were amongst the first thoughts floating in my mind when the test read positive.  I cried because I wasn't ready to go through it all again.  It being a pregnancy and delivery.  It being a natural, healthy occurrence for my fertile, healthy body.  It being the product of the love shared between my husband and I.  We said it with words, we said it with actions, and we were blessed with a baby from above.  I would have seen the blessing sooner, trusted more, worried less.  I was living the dream, why couldn't I see the bigger picture instead of white-knuckling through each addition?

If I'd only known then what I know now...

I wouldn't listen to all the baby advice.  I would have trusted my gut more.  I would have seen the amazing connection a baby has with their mama and just lived in the moment more.  I would have breastfed on demand and not by the clock.  I would have nursed in bed more often.  I would have sat on the floor and let the little ones climb all over me.  I still would have kept up the housework though.  Babies may not keep, but dirty dishes stay in the sink until someone cleans them.  I would have said yes more and no less.  I would have kept their sleep schedules sacred for as long as possible, because bigger kids mean less scheduled little kids. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

7QT: A Teen, My Team, and Ice Cream

It's Friday!  Linking up with Kelly and Crew like I do.


I'm not sure how it happened but we have another teenager in the house!  Andrew turned 13 yesterday and received the treasured teenager gift, a new phone!  

With his phone comes more responsibility (he can now start to babysit for short stints) and lots of rules for phone usage!  He was very excited, called his grandmother right away, then started texting people to let them know he was part of the group now :) Somebody asked him for his phone number, and he was like oh wait...what is my phone number Mom?  So cute.

We had already celebrated over the weekend for his and Eamon's joint birthdays...

11 + 13 = 24

 ...but went out to Friendly's on his actual birthday because we were running around after school with a doctor's appointment for Declan and basketball signups for Maggie, Eamon & Andrew.  Besides, the kids meals were half off (the teenager got an adult meal!) and Andrew had a free sundae coupon.  He couldn't even finish it:

Mint Cookie Sundae, takes after his father.